Sunday, January 24, 2010

Erica's Magic Potion

My friend Erica recently shared her "recipe" for this face oil she got from her cousin.

It uses "essential" oils. It seems weird, especially for this acne prone girl to put oils on my face, but after using it for about a month, I'm a believer!!! My face has really cleared up and the occasional breakouts I have gotten seem to go away faster, my pores are smaller, my skin feels silky smooth. We have everyone here using it now! Make-up goes on smoother and stays on longer. I highly recommend giving it a try!

Here is the formula:
10 Drops vitamin E oil
15 Drops tea tree oil
7 drops lavender
Fill the rest of the bottle with grape seed oil.

The bottle we use is small, not sure of the size (anyone know?). It comes with a dropper and I wash my face like normal and rub one dropper full on at night and one in the morning.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Madelyn-3 Months

So much for keeping up on the monthly updates on Madelyn, but at least I'm not too far behind!

What to say about our sweet little girl?! She's awesome! Lately, she is full of smiles and coos. She smiles at anyone and everyone she comes across. We can finally tell that she is "of this world."

I guess I haven't posted this sooner because there's not much new to report. OH, she's getting bigger...up to 12.8 lbs already. She's doubled her birth weight. She takes three naps a day, and if I'm lucky, a nice long nap when Elyse takes her nap. These girls love their mama. :)

I have discovered that she doesn't sleep as much with caffeine in her system (another way she's just like her pappy) and I've begrudgingly reduced my coffee intake to a half a cup a day. But I'm more than willing to do it if it means I get a nap in the afternoon.

She still wakes up a few times at night to eat. Oh, and we've started giving her a bottle. After a few days, she now sucks it down. Woo-hoo! Mama has some freedom!!

Oh, and she loves her sister...

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The Big 3-0

Last week, I turned 30. I guess it is supposed to be one of the "big" birthdays. Maybe I was supposed to feel old, and assert to everyone that I'm actually still 29. But, I feel great, and while it is a little weird to say I'm 30, I'm happy to be here!!

We celebrated with a little shindig when I was still visiting my parents with my friend Brandi and her family. I don't think we remembered to take a picture.

On my actual birthday, Elyse and I celebrated with cupcakes from Wegmann's. It's a grocery store, but they way everyone around here talks about it, you would think it is a step away from heaven. It is pretty awesome and we got some stellar cupcakes. Then Dennis left 30 notes for me around the house with 30 wonderful things about me. It is a great present!! I still haven't found them all. I can't believe what a great hider he is. And they seem to just appear out of the blue. So that's fun. I think once I find them all he is going to have to hide some new notes because I love the suprise of a little note falling on me as I take something out of the closet.

Last night I celebrated with a "Girls' Night In" with a bunch of friends here. I feel really lucky to know so many great women after just a few months here. There is certainly something special about military wives. We bond strong and we bond fast. We had a great time. Everyone brought something sweet so we had a table full of desserts. AWESOME! (Although I did wake up this morning feeling kind of sick). I think I'll have to stay away from chocolate for awhile!

So hello 30! So glad to see you!! My mom tells me that the 30s were some of her favorite years, and I can't wait to see what they have in store for me!

Here are some pictures from the party last night.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

California Girls+One California Guy

Dennis got orders today and it looks we are going to be moving to Camp Pendleton! That's in SAN DIEGO!! You know...the city with the best weather in the country and the best zoo and Sea World and a load of other fun stuff. Rumor has it that some of the base housing is actually right on the ocean.

Especially on this cold winter day, we are super excited. Madelyn has her sunglasses ready to go!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Elyse at 2 and a Quarter

Since I'm trying hard to do monthly updates on Madelyn, I though I should some updates for Elyse too.

Where to begin?! Our sweet little girl amazes us every day. She talks like crazy, definitely in sentences and often in paragraphs. Often, it sounds seems like she can't keep her thoughts in her head and talks out loud. And, she's started not just talking for herself, but for Madelyn (who has a surprisingly deep voice) and her babies (you know a baby is talking because they bounce up and down). She has a great sense of humor and can even come up with her own jokes (often potty humor) and make up her own version of songs, often to the tune of Wonderpets (a definite favorite on the TV). She can recognize her letters and can even "read" some words like Elyse, Mama and Pappy.

Elyse loves Madelyn, but really doesn't give her much attention. She has just started showing a big of jealousy, wanting me to carry her all the time.

Elyse loves her friends, is super social, even with strangers. The other night, we left a restaurant and she (on her own) went up to our waiter and said, "Thank you for bringing us our food." She's super polite, saying "No Please" instead of just "no", which is especially funny during a tantrum. Just the past week or so, she loves to color, and I hear throughout the day, "Do you want to color with me, Mama?" She can draw a mean circle.

But in the past month or so, we've seen some real "two" come out in our little angel. I figured since she has communication down so well, we kind of missed the tantrum stage. Boy, was I wrong. We have a strong willed girl (will be great when she's strong-willed for the right things). Of course, things are worse when she is tired or hungry, but she has gotten really upset over things we just know aren't a big deal. For example, at my parents house, we were cleaning up the cards from the memory game. I asked her to put one last card in the bag. She refused. I gave her the option of sitting on the rug (time out) or putting the card away. She still wouldn't put it away and ended up in time out YELLING at the top of her lungs for a good hour (or at least it seemed). She understood that all she had to do was put one little card in the bag and she could get up, but she was stubborn. FINALLY after screaming and crying for a LONG TIME she gave in and put the card away, but I certainly commend her for the fight. Sometimes, I just want to give in, but I know in the long run, we know we can't reward the bad behavior (but I must say, it is harder to judge those parents in public who give in to their screaming toddler!)

She is a picky eater, ordering mac n' cheese everywhere we go. A great shopper, often telling me to buy "both." Loves going "anywhere" (because I say we're not going anywhere) and enjoys her weekly outings with Dennis to McDonalds.

I love that she gives great hugs and kisses and occasionally will sit and cuddle with me. When she is upset or shy, she says "I want mama" even if I'm holding her. I can get old sometimes, but I know I will someday miss hearing that in her little toddler voice.

We are truly smitten by this little person that made us a family of three and can't wait to spend many more two and a quarter years together!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Anyone home????

So it's been a really long time since I posted anything here, and I just want to let you know we are still alive and well. We had a great trip to STL to hang out with the fam, although it took us quite an effort to get there. We were scheduled to leave on Sunday, but DC was hit with 16 inches of snow on Saturday. We went to the airport, and spent SEVEN hours in line. In that time, our flight was delayed, then canceled, Dennis was interviewed by CNN and broadcast nationally (one of my Facebook friends even saw him on CNN in Veitnam!), I was told I should, wear a girdle (out of all the bumps that day, this crazy lady made me the most upset!), I was interviewd by ABC National news and appreared on the nightly new broadcast, we made friends with all the surrounding people in line, I changed three poopy diapers, Elyse took a nap, and Dennis was surrounded by Airport security guys after demanding some info from the American Airlines workers (if they only knew what he could do to them, not that he would of course!). We didn't make it out on Sunday but did get to STL later that week and had a great trip. We saw lots of friends, ate great food, and just spent some quality time with family. Poor Madleyn was sick for a bit but is all better now, and Elyse displayed some award winning tantrums (likely more on that later, although I can hope not).

Here are a few pics. (The family ones are all on my mom's camera so I don't have any to show here.)
Some high school friends.

Dierbergs friends

College roommates. We have six girls between the three of us! (One is in Jessica's tummy!)